Posted in Book Talks, Innovative PD, Media, Technology

#30SecondBookTalk Tournament

The #30SecondBookTalk is in full swing led by @GustafsonBrad and @JenniferLagarde where they celebrate literacy by sharing the love of great literature. This year, I’m competing in the first round with my book talk of Josh Funk’s It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, a great book with amazing visuals. I used WeVideo to edit the video and took some acting lessons from my friends and teachers @WattMWC and @MrsEdwardsReads both extraordinary reading teachers. Watch all 16 book talks in less than 14 minutes. I cued up the video below to my booktalk so it’s ready to go. Make sure to go on to Brad’s website here to vote and check out all of his resources for instruction! Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Posted in Book Talks, Guest Posts, Innovative PD, Instructional Tips

The Power of Principal Read Alouds

Principals need to be engaging with students in their classrooms for them to be an effective leader. It is imperative that we get a feeling of what the teachers’ and students’ lives are like in school on a regular basis. Random walkthroughs and class visits don’t always give this immersed feeling because they are quick and the administrator tends to be a bystander to the activity instead of actively engaged. Principal (or any administrator) read alouds provide an intentional and meaningful experience to the principal and the students. In this post, J. Kapuchuck, @principalkap a principal at Plains Elementary, and Andy Jacks, @_AndyJacks, a principal at Ashland Elementary, two principals from different parts of Virginia, have a few thoughts on the impact these read alouds have had on their leadership in their schools. Continue reading “The Power of Principal Read Alouds”

Posted in #OneWord, Analogies/Metaphors, Book Talks, Reflection, Servant Leadership

Ritualize – My #OneWord2018

The ‘One Word’ movement originated by Jon Gordan and has been a fantastic way to retool every January, sort of like a more thoughtful New Year’s resolution. As I write this post about my #OneWord2018 for others so that it will hopefully help them reflect, posts like this are major introspective moments in my leadership journey. I write to articulate where I want to be, not necessarily where I am.  Continue reading “Ritualize – My #OneWord2018”

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Principal’s Book Talk #5 – Ada Twist, Scientist

This is my 5th read aloud for my students at Ashland this year, but this time I wanted to hook them in even before I visit their classrooms. Thank you to my buddy Brad Gustafson for paving the way with these type of engaging book talks!